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Bless Their Hearts

If you have lived for a spell in Charleston, you know what it really means when a genteel Southern belle or country gentleman says, “Bless your heart.” The meaning is something to the effect of “You poor fool” or “How embarrassing for your kin.” Sometimes, that is exactly the reaction we have to the news.

• During last week’s City Council meeting, one councilman became confused when the Tourism Commission presented its recommendations for monitoring ambient temperature downtown. His confusion centered around the word “ambient.” “I take an Ambient to go to sleep,” he said.

• At the same meeting, a few people got riled up about some new residential developments cropping up around Charleston. During the public hearings, one man (who did not identify himself) spoke his mind about developers who he said had pushed African-American communities off of the peninsula over the years. “They used to give you a chicken sandwich for your vote and then take over your community,” he said. “Now they give you air conditioning.” People in the galley started clapping, and Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. reminded everyone that Council’s rules of decorum do not allow applause.

• The same man stood again during the open-comments session to rebut Mayor Riley’s previous claim that Police Chief Gregory Mullen was the greatest chief in the country. No, he said, Chief Reuben Greenberg was the greatest. “Mullins cannot tie his shoe,” he said.

• At a public meeting between city officials and an outdoor thermometer vendor Thursday, a group of carriage tour company owners came in the door a few minutes after the meeting had begun. The first to stick his head in the door asked jokingly, “Is this where they give away money?”

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Bless Their Hearts

An Explanation: If you have lived for a spell in Charleston, you know what it really means when a genteel Southern belle or country gentleman says, “Bless your heart.” The meaning is something to the effect of “You poor fool” or “How embarrassing for your kin.” Sometimes, that is exactly the reaction we have to the news.

• Different states have different versions of the Freedom of Information Act, a law designed to make government more transparent. South Carolina’s is among the stronger ones in the country. But at S.C. State University, certain officials are saying phooey to FOIA. As reported in The Post and Courier, the Board of Trustees voted last Tuesday to keep embattled President George Cooper’s next evaluation private. But Cooper’s $144,911 salary is paid for by our taxes, so FOIA ensures the public’s right to know how he measures up. We are especially interested because Cooper has, after all, been fired before.

• Speaking of executive scandal, Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation keeps getting lowered into hotter and hotter water. The company is under investigation for allegedly hacking into the voicemail accounts of 9/11 victims, celebrities, and the very police officials who were investigating the alleged hacking. The epicenter of the hot mess is News of the World, a British tabloid that had to close up shop after more than 165 years in print, but the aftershocks are being felt worldwide. Recently, Wall Street Journal publisher Les Hinton stepped down, several News of the World executives were arrested, and numerous British police officials have announced their resignation.

• Back in South Carolina, Lt. Gov. Ken Ard might be facing mo’ money problems. S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said Friday that his team of crack investigators had found even more discrepancies in Ard’s campaign filings. Ard has already paid $50,000 in ethics fines for spending campaign contributions on, among other things, women’s clothing, his wife’s cell phone bill, travel to the SEC football championship, and a PlayStation.